Budlender obtained his B.A. and LL.B. degrees, both cum laude, from the
University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, in 2000 and 2002 respectively.
He ranked in the top 2% of his law class. He was the student editor of the
South African Journal on Human Rights, the country's leading human rights
journal, and President of the Law Students Council. In 1999, he was the best
individual oralist at the All-Africa Human Rights Moot Court Competition and in
2002, was a member of the team that won the World Championship round of the
Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. Steven has conducted
first-hand research into the litigation strategies of marginalized communities
in South Africa and has also been extensively involved in development work
amongst historically disadvantaged South African youth. Most recently he served
as a law clerk to Justice Arthur Chaskalson, President of the Constitutional
Court of South Africa. He has also lectured part-time at the University of the
Witwatersrand and is currently authoring two chapters for inclusion in South
Africa's leading work on constitutional law.